Does that prove he is God? Copyright © 2002-2020 AllAboutJesusChrist.org, All Rights Reserved. A proper examination of the event in question must include the revelation given just days before. Then, two figures, identified as “Moses and Elijah,” appear. Here the word “transformed” is metamorphoo, the same Greek word used of Jesus on the mountain when he was as “transfigured” [8]  Christians are being transformed or transfigured into the same image of glory as our Lord and Savior. Il s'agit d'un changement d'apparence corporelle de Jésus pendant quelques instants de sa vie terrestre, pour révéler sa nature divine à trois disciples. Jesus’ transformation on earth occurred only once, but Moses’ transformation was ongoing. And behold, Moses and Elijah appeared to … Tabor, is the likely location. All three Persons of the Godhead—Father, Son, and Spirit—were revealed (Matthew 3:16-17). "Let this mind be in you, which was also in Christ Jesus: Who, being in the form of God, thought it not robbery to be equal with … Matthew Henry, in his noted commentary, offers his worthy assessment: Now the disciples beheld somewhat of Christ’s glory, as of the only begotten of the Father. [16]  Indeed, Peter, who was present at Christ’s transfiguration, recalled the encounter years later: 2 Peter 1:16-18 (NASB) For we did not follow cleverly devised tales when we made known to you the power and coming of our Lord Jesus Christ, but we were eyewitnesses of His majesty. [23] 2 Corinthians 3:18; Hebrews 2:10; John 17:22. If shining garments are an indicator of deity, then we would have to include angels in the God-category. 7  And Jesus came to them and touched them and said, “Get up, and do not be afraid.” 8  And lifting up their eyes, they saw no one except Jesus Himself alone. When he was crucified they would need this evidence that he was the Christ. The task seemed nearly impossible. The only time the disciples bowed with their face to the ground was when God spoke. First, the transfiguration itself instructs us as well as to the true nature of Jesus. Despite the fact that many try to use the transfiguration as proof that Jesus is God, the text itself never identifies him as such. Jesus would soon make His final departure from Galilee, … Undoubtedly, the purpose of the transfiguration of Christ into at least a part of His heavenly glory was so that the “inner circle” of His disciples could gain a greater understanding of who Jesus was. This means His countenance or facial appearance was changed. This revelation of His glory is recorded in The Synoptic Gospels (Matthew 17:1-3; Mark 9:2-13; Luke 9:28-36). Another instance of someone’s appearance being transfigured is found in the book of Acts. At Jesus’ Transfiguration, the Lord appeared in his true form as the Son of God and the disciples saw his preexistent glory. The account of the transfiguration of Jesus Christ as recorded here in Mark (parallel passages are found in Matthew 17:1-3 and Luke 9:28-36) is a demonstration to three witnesses that Jesus Christ was who He claimed to be. But they didn’t. [11]  And despite Jesus’ transfiguration, Peter saw no particular reason to give him greater honor than the other two prophets as evidenced by his suggestion to build tabernacles for each of them. Moreover, John, who was also on the mountain that day, didn’t even bother to record the event even though some claim that his gospel, unlike the other three, was written to reveal Jesus’ deity. 3  And behold, Moses and Elijah appeared to them, talking with Him. In Matthew 16, Jesus asked his disciples, “Who do people say that the Son of Man is?”  The Son of Man was a title synonymous with that of Christ or Messiah and was a reference to the coming king. But John omitted it altogether. (emphasis added). When Stephen was on trial before the Sanhedrin for his testimony about Jesus, he was falsely accused of blasphemy. But the transformation of saints is not relegated to those whose names appear in Scripture. Peter’s continued confession, even after the transfiguration, even after Jesus’ resurrection and glorious ascension, is that Jesus is the Christ. For example, when Moses spent time in God’s presence on Mt. Whenever I think about the Transfiguration, my mind travels back to the fifth- and sixth-grade Sunday school class I once coached to act it out for the congregation. Sinai isn’t the only mountain top where Moses appeared transformed. Luke tells us that Moses and Elijah we talking with Jesus about “his departure which he was about to accomplish at Jerusalem.”[19]  When the disciples came down from the mountain, Jesus commanded them not to tell anyone about “the vision…until the Son of Man has risen from the dead.”[20]  What then was the purpose of the vision? Exploring what the Bible says about the One God and how it may differ from Church tradition. Transfiguration of Jesus – The Revelation The transfiguration of Jesus provides a glimpse of Jesus Christ’s deity. La Transfiguration est un épisode de la vie de Jésus-Christ relaté par le Nouveau Testament. Moses’ shining face was so glorious that his brother, Aaron, and all of Israel were unable to look intently at his face. For example, when Mary came to the garden tomb to anoint Jesus’ body with oil, she found the tomb empty and two angels where Jesus’ body had been: Luke 24:4-5 (NASB) While they were perplexed about this, behold, two men suddenly stood near them in dazzling clothing; 5  and as the women were terrified and bowed their faces to the ground, the men said to them, “Why do you seek the living One among the dead? As He spoke of His return, Jesus stated that some disciples would be permitted to view His coming kingdom before experiencing death. 17  For when He received honor and glory from God the Father, such an utterance as this was made to Him by the Majestic Glory, “This is My beloved Son with whom I am well-pleased“— 18  and we ourselves heard this utterance made from heaven when we were with Him on the holy mountain. Why? His body which had appeared in weakness and dishonor, now appeared in power and glory (1 Corinthians 15:43).